New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.
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This reader is perfect. He absolutely inhabits the main character/narrator, but he is so convincing In the other voices that at times I forgot it it wasn't a cast of readers. He broke through the line between reading and reality and put you right there.
Made sense. The various tales that make up the whole move inexorably toward resolution, some some tragic, some depressing, some kind.
No, way too long, and intense.
The book moves slowly, and at times I was impatient, but the reader was so excellent, I was happy to hang in there just to keep hearing his voice.
Painful challenging complex
Tana French makes you want to get inside each and every character and think/feel as they do. You want to believe each one but are constantly led to realize their weaknesses and flaws, and must try relying on the judgment and opinion of the next in turn. I am always happy to be pulled along by her narratives.
The narrator of course - as it was told through his voice consistently
I would recommend. Great story with lots of twists and turns and psychological analysis
Broken Harbor is a complex human drama that focuses on a murdered family in a 'failed' development near Dublin.
The main character, Mike Kennedy, was the head of the murder investigation. His character experienced many well-portrayed conflicts.
Not likely. Hero was full of cant and self-absorption, homilies pouring out about how smart or good he was, overladen with a quite conservative social point of view. The most interesting and well portrayed character was his crazy daughter; she sprang to life when entering the scene.
Remarkably, there was no "ending." The fanciful murders and holes in the walls were never really explained, frustrating a long wait for a resolution
The partner assigned to the hero was given a more heavy Irish accent that often drifted into a mumble and I had to guess at what was being said, even after replaying
Wonderful story, excellent narrator. Author and narrator combine to provide a thoughtful, introspective mystery. Not so much the what happened but more importantly the whys of what happened. Finely developed.
Seriously, I thought the author would eventually reveal that this family (and all of Broken Harbor for that matter) was poisoned by lead plumbing, what with all the mental health issues and shoddy construction.
As I listened to the first two-thirds of the book I kept telling my husband this was one he shouldn't miss. I found the story and setting fascinating. I laughed at the bursts of levity that popped through. I loved the sidekick.
Alas, in the end I was just getting through a tedious resolution. In summary: a great story with an excess of psychiatric patients.
Stephen Hogan's performance!
There's something going on in that house out at Broken Harbor and Ms. French keeps you asking nearly the entire time "will they figure out what it is?"
Very much enjoyed the narrator - his accent was authentic.
Psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair
I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.
Tana French is rapidly becoming my favorite writer of mystery thrillers. Quite possibly in my top 10 favorite writers in any genre. I loved In the Woods and Faithful Place and liked The Likeness very much. I would hardly have thought it possible, but this novel beats her others hands down, both as a whodunit and as an interesting set of psychological character studies. Not only is the novel itself wonderful, but Stephen Hogan's narration is the best in the series too. He does a wonderful job differentiating social classes by varying the Irish dialects they speak. All in all it is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.
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